Dunbar looks to rebound from Classic letdown

January 20, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Reflecting on his Poets' two consecutive losses in last weekend's Charm City Classic, Dunbar coach Pete Pompey traced the letdown to the final 2:01 of the first game Friday night against St. Anthony's.

The Poets (9-3) trailed USA Today's fourth-ranked St. Anthony's 36-24 at the half before limiting the Friars to two baskets in the third period and tying the game at 48 on a jumper by Michael Cooper with 2:01 remaining in the contest.

But St. Anthony's outscored the Poets 5-0 to win, 53-48.

"Coming back like that and then falling short, that was the real letdown," said Pompey, whose Poets, ranked No. 17 in USA Today, subsequently were beaten, 61-44, by top-ranked Simon Gratz. "It's not an ego deflation thing. They understand that we played two very good teams, and we didn't play well."

It was the first time since 1986 -- Pompey's first season -- that Dunbar has lost two straight games.

"It's something that they're not used to, but they're OK," said Pompey, whose Poets were 29-0 and national champions last year. "Basically, we're young, with only two players who gained significant experience last year in [All-American Keith] Booth and Alexander Mobley. We'll just have to go back to the drawing board and start executing better."

The Poets, ranked No. 1 in The Baltimore Sun poll, will try to prevent a third consecutive loss when they play No. 2 Lake Clifton on Friday at Morgan State.

The Lakers were 8-3 before last night's game against No. 11 Edmondson.

"They'll [Lakers] be able to get over their downer sooner if they win, but we'll have had a void [of inactivity] for a few days when we play them," said Pompey, who had plans to scout last night's Lakers game. "I know their personnel, but another look will help us because I know they'll give us problems."

Federal rulings

In an effort to curtail one-sided football games, the National Federation of State High School Associations has given state associations the option of adopting a "running time" rule that would take effect at a certain point in a game.

When a team is ahead by a specified number of points, the clock would continue to run for the remainder of the contest or until the score is again below the specified number of points.

"In Maryland, it would be in the second half if the score gets to be 35 points difference," said Ned Sparks, executive secretary of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

"There'll be a couple times when the clock will still be stopped, obviously on timeouts, when a team scores, or when there's an injured player," Sparks said.

Sparks said an MPSSAA rule existed previously for lopsided games, wherein a running clock could be instituted upon mutual agreement between the coaches and the officials.

Also, in response to growing concern about AIDS and hepatitis, the federation has ruled that bleeding players or players with blood on their uniform shall be considered injured. Those players, the federation says, must leave the field for at least one down and until the injury can be bandaged or the situation corrected.

Fowl play

In the span of seven days, No. 12 Aberdeen's 119-pound wrestler Zack Fowl made a routine of toppling some of the giants in his sport.

In last Saturday's Aberdeen Invitational, the top-ranked, two-time defending 4A-3A state champion became the tournament's first four-time winner with his 12-6 decision over DeMatha's Robert Alexander.

His feat is even more impressive in light of Alexander's recent pins of Northeast's second-ranked Mike Kusick (26 seconds) and Broadneck's sixth-ranked Charlie Bennett.

Three days after beating Alexander, Fowl wrestled up a weight class at 125 pounds for a tri-meet, featuring Edgewood's state runner-up, Minh Dang, and Joppatowne's Brian McCarthy.

He beat both Dang, who is top-ranked at 125 pounds, and McCarthy, who is sixth-ranked, by 3-2 scores. Friday, Fowl wrestled two weight classes higher -- at 130 pounds -- and beat C. Milton Wright's Greg Johnson, 10-2.

Clash of titans

Last week was one of upsets and clashes between highly regarded wrestlers, beginning with unheralded Woodlawn (then 2-3) handing then-No. 7 Randallstown its first loss, 33-32, in seven matches.

Individually, Loch Raven's fourth-ranked Mike Brammer, 152 pounds, bumped up to 160 and lost, 6-5, in overtime to Hereford's third-ranked defending 2A-1A state champion Jesse Channell.

In a battle of Maryland Scholastic Association champions, Calvert Hall's fifth-ranked Brendan James (135) beat Loyola's two-time champion, Tim Spielman, 8-0.

In other bouts, Archbishop Curley's Sean Mryncza (103) nipped Calvert Hall's No. 3 Gino Amasia and Edmondson junior Maurice Simmons (135, 11-0) handed Walbrook's George Chandler his second loss, 5-3.

Simmons also captured Saturday's Eastside crown at Mervo, winning the title bout, 4-1, over Northern's previously unbeaten Ed Loyal.

Making the most of time

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Chalk one up for Catonsville basketball player Amy Kuenhl.

She played in one half of each of the two games Catonsville played last week, but the Comets forward made the most of it.

In wins over Perry Hall, 74-36, and EVT, 71-21, the senior combined for 41 points and 15 rebounds.

Bound for glory

Natasha Ferguson is only a sophomore at Lake Clifton, but if her effort in two games last week is any indication, she may be on her way to becoming one of the great ones.

In victories over Mervo, 97-17, and Poly, 67-48, the Lakers center scored 43 points, grabbed 28 rebounds and made seven steals.

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